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Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) Reviews

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June 27, 2014
There's a chilly, wistful and rather matter-of-fact tone to the proceedings and this helps separate the rather run-of-the-mill aspects of the plot from the herd of teenager-in-love movies.
February 22, 2013
Thematically, this Dutsch tale of coming of age and first love is extremely familar. but it's sincerely treated and well acted by the two central boys.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 15, 2013
This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.
February 14, 2013
It's not just that film is underdeveloped - it's that it feels unwilling to develop, preferring to leave its characters and plot points static. The result feels stunted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2012
A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.
December 7, 2012
It's a story that's been told countless times, but first-time director Bavo Defurne has such an assured hand and visual flair (much credit also belongs to cinematographer Anton Mertens) that everything seems fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2012
Splendidly acted, especially by Florizoone, whose every thought appears to register on his wide-open features, it's more than promising.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2012
A small but quite lovely and wonderful film, gorgeous to look at, which tackles an age-old subject with radiant freshness.
November 1, 2012
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 1, 2012
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2012
A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...
November 1, 2012
In the annals of gay cinema about growing up, "North Sea Texas" is, regrettably, an unoriginal and rather disposable take on a subject that's been done much better in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2012
Once the visual touches fade away ... there's nothing to stop the parade of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2012
The film succeeds in creating a dense atmospheric feel and avoids generic tropes, but it does so somewhat at the neglect of its characters and narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
As competent as the acting is, it's the filmmaking that brings this coming-of-age saga into the realm of brilliantly crafted cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 18, 2012
Any sympathy for these characters and their lives dissipates quickly on reaching scenes filled with cliched symbolism, like the burning of treasured possessions on a beach and running into the sea in an emotional outburst
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2012
Beautifully directed, emotionally engaging coming-of-age drama with a sharp script, a strong sense of time and place and terrific performances from its entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2012
An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.
April 6, 2012
A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2012
North Sea Texas looks beautiful, is acted brilliantly, but it's hard to get a hold on when Pim's drifting by in a dream world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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